Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post here on Rainy Day Ramblings where I discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.
This week's question:
How likely are you to pick up a book outside your comfort zone if it's getting great reviews?
As readers, I know many of us tend to get entrenched into the same genres. I am an eclectic reader, but I have certainly found myself picking up many books in the same tried and true categories. Give me a terrific paranormal romance or a solid Urban Fantasy, or even a enticing mystery or thriller. Yet, I am often tempted to try something new, especially when I continue to read excellent reviews for a particular book.
Reading and reviewing so many books a year, even if they are in my go to genres, I go through periods when I feel burned out and certain categories or genres just aren't doing it for me. When this happens, I know it is time to shake things up and reach for something different in hopes that I can work my way out of a reading slump, because let's face it, as an avid reader, there is nothing worse than not being excited to read.
However, I have learned to not pick up something that is well outside my comfort zone unless reviewers I know and trust highly recommend the book.
For instance, last spring, I finally picked up the audiobook of
I am not saying that I haven't been burned a time or two by selecting something outside my comfort zone, but if you don't take a risk and try something new, you might be missing out.
So my advice to you when picking up a book that you normally wouldn't read would be:
- Do some research: Are readers in your circle reading and recommending the book?
- Is it something that you think would appeal to you?
- Watch for turn offs: If you hate love triangles or dark themes or there are issues in the book that will likely irritate you, it might be best to skip it.
- Don't be afraid to try something different, you can always put it down if it isn't working for you.
- Have fun and enjoy the experience.
Sometimes it is a big leap to try something new and different, but life is all about experiences. You never know, you might just find yourself continuing to reach for books in a different genre once you find the right gateway book.
What about you all, are you hesitant to reach for something new and different or do you jump at the chance?
Next week's topic:
Desert Island books: What five books would you want to have if you were stranded?